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Games with Me Volume 1 [Kindle Edition]

Tina Anderson , Lynsley Brito
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Ex Civil-War surgeon George Callahan is a man haunted by his past. Unwilling to deal with the demons of his childhood he turns to opium, and finds back-alley employment with the heartless brothel keepers of San Francisco’s Chinatown.

In Volume 1 of this gorgeously illustrated gay historical drama, Dr. George Callahan searches for a Chinese woman from his past, and soon finds himself unwittingly drawn to dim-witted male prostitute Jun, whose own life is complicated by the unwanted attentions of an aggressive bouncer named Roan Baxter.

Product Details

  • File Size: 18337 KB
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Circle G; Gynocrat Ink Digital Edition (June 17, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002DUD8B8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,544 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, but needs to see Print June 21, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition
Downloaded this even though there's no description...hello Amazon, anyone home?
First I must say, as someone reading manga from other companies on the KINDLE, you must download the free MANGLE application: because this'll help your viewing experience 200%! If not, the images will be so light they're invisible (or so dark it's black) and the text will be hard to read.

I have no clue why the author isn't promoting this edition. "Games With Me" is only available in print the German language, but I've been hearing about it because I follow her work, and discovered this while searching for "yaoi" on the KINDLE. One of the reasons I've always enjoyed Anderson's work is because I love the manly, non-androgynous flavor her illustrators tend to bring to the genre. They look like real men, not pretty boys; so when I first got a gander at the artwork here, I was a bit put off. Obviously Anderson decided to give in to the "beautiful club", and create something with an artist that fans of the "pretty" would enjoy. Despite this, I dug in and read this volume, twice. The art grew on me even though it's not a style I tend to enjoy, but it's unique and the artist is very talented. I was happy to discover that this story is typical Anderson, plenty of angstish drama, set in the past.

A bit spoilerish, so be prepared: The book takes place in San Francisco in the late 1860's, and the characters are from two of the most discriminated against groups of era - the Irish and the Chinese. George Calahan was a doctor in the Civil War, but he's since become an opium user and supports his addiction by working as abortionist for Chinese pimps.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Difficult, Daring Historical BL August 30, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition
Tina Anderson writes challenging yaoi. Not for her are light, cheery stories of schoolboys declaring eternal love, of stepbrothers awkwardly living together, of sensitive old oyaji-ukes finding hot sweaty love with some young stud(ent). The two main characteristics of her work are her intricately researched historical settings (Anderson's personal reinvention of an old yaoi standard, since many early yaoi were set in 'romantic' places and times like 19th century European boarding schools) and the dark streak that runs through her work, a black air of regret and tragedy and hopeless loves.

"Games with Me", although not as bleak as "Only Words" (her manga set in Nazi-occupied WWII Poland), continues these themes. The setting of 19th century San Francisco is lovingly detailed, not an idealized Jane Austen 19th century, but an Alan Moore "From Hell" 19th century, a world of back-alley abortions, prostitution and drug addiction. It feels real, it feels grim, but unlike the gory and unforgiving 19th century New York of Anderson's "Gadarene," it doesn't rub the reader's face in it. Perhaps reflecting the viewpoint of the developmentally disabled main character, "Games with Me" has a strange air of innocence. The idyllic neverland of the cover, where the two main characters can be with one another in peace -- despite the very unpleasant realities that stand in the way of their relationship in real life -- may not exist in the story, but it exists in the protagonists' hearts and minds.

In short, this is an engrossing picture of a time and place; a taboo BL story of a retarded Chinese prostitute and a troubled white doctor; and a dark and touching and, in some ways, unresolved and unresolvable romance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant and beautiful. December 8, 2009
By Sarah
Format:Kindle Edition
Written by Tina Anderson and illustrated by the talented Lynsley Brito Games With Me is a historical drama set in the late 1860's. The story follows the life of George Callahan as he deals with his demons past and present and his encounters with Jun, a male prostitute.

The feel of the book is very distinctive and after reading it several times I can safely say this is certainly not a light and fluffy story. Despite the bleakness of the setting Jun's warmth seemed to add to the narrative and especially George's character. George struggles with his past, his addiction and his growing attraction to this young man who seems so innocent. Because Jun is a prostitute and a little slow, the power dynamics in the relationship seemed very one-sided, but George's feelings for Jun make me wonder a little who is really in a position of power.

The artwork is beautifully done and moves the story with strong expression and crisp, gorgeous historical detail. I loved how George was depicted. Elegant and kinda austere. Jun is seriously cute, pretty and that hair! The sex is hot and tastefully done, but not as explicit as some of my recent reading! I think one of my favorite panels is near the end with Jun kinda smooching up under George's chin. Loved it.

There is plenty of depth to the story and I am looking forward to seeing where Tina Anderson and Lynsley Brito take it. The secondary characters were also interesting and I wondered at times if there was more going on with Sung than met the eye.

This was an enjoyable read and definitely worth a look if gritty historical drama is your thing. Check it out at emanga or get it through Amazon Kindle.
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More About the Author

Tina Anderson specialized in male homoerotic graphic novels and original-English 'yaoi' manga for women. In her active years between 2003 and 2012, her work was published in United States by Yaoi Press, Dramaqueen, and publishers Iris Print and Radio Comix; in Canada by Class Comics, and in Germany by Fireangels Verlag and Cursed Side.

Anderson retired from writing erotic comics in 2012 to complete her science-fiction novel series, Femitokon.

Updates on Tina Anderson can be found at her production blog Gynocrat Ink.

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